No Doubt's Sophomore Album The Beacon Street Collection on 180g LP. Now Officially Available on Vinyl for the First Time!
Produced by No Doubt and recorded in various locations around Southern California, including the band’s homemade studio on Beacon Avenue in Anaheim, California, the originally self-distributed ‘The Beacon Street Collection’ features 10 tracks that the band released independently during the creative period prior to their blockbuster debut album, Tragic Kingdom. Now officially available on vinyl for the first time! This LP is pressed on 180g black vinyl.
No Doubtbuilt their reputation the old-fashioned way: gigging relentlessly in and around LA where they frequently turned in high-octane sets at venues such as The Whisky A-Go-Go, Fender's Grand Ballroom and The Roxy, where they could often be found propping up bills for luminaries such as Fishbone and fellow SoCal ska-popsters The Untouchables. Thanks toGwen Stefani'sincreasingly alluring stage presence and the band's energetic set of hooky, ska-flavored punk-pop songs, record companies began to take note and, in 1990,No Doubtlanded a multi-album deal with the newly created Interscope imprint.
Though they'd pulled off a coup signing with the upwardly mobile and highly respected label, mainstream success initially eludedNo Doubt. Their self-titled debut LP was released in 1992, but while it sold a decent number of copies, it appeared at a time when grunge was still in vogue and the industry was reeling from the shockwaves emanating from Seattle.No Doubt'sbright, horn-laden ska-pop was anathema at a time when bands such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam were shifting serious units; they doggedly toured the US in support of their self-titled debut,No Doubtstruggled to attract a sizeable audience outside of their Southern Californian stomping ground.
Ostensibly their first official single, "Trapped In A Box" was admittedly too out there for the radio of the time. It wasn't aggressively promoted and largely fell upon deaf ears in a world enthralled with an "alternative revolution" mainly centered on male aggression. That changed soon enough though. The horn section and quasi-ska rhythms remain inspired by early Madness/Fishbone influences, while the emerging sense of flow and pop bounce makes the track a benchmark for the time and a notable milestone today.
Originally released in 2000,Return of Saturnis the highly anticipated fourth full-length from the Southern California new wave/ska inspired groupNo Doubtand follow-up to their breakthrough 1995 albumTragic Kingdom. The album's title refers to the notion that in the first 29 years of someone's life (the same time it takes the planet Saturn to orbit the Sun), a person is only beginning to understand himself or herself.
The culmination of two years of creative blood, sweat and tears for the quartet,Return of Saturnis a bold and exciting coming-of-age saga. An intimate view of the world as seen by a group of musicians and friends who watched their humble worlds turned literally upside-down by the unexpected (though well-deserved) success of Tragic Kingdom. While that youthful recording reflects the concerns and observations of a band at the edge of possibility,Return of Saturnrepresents that same group looking collectively inward. What they saw and what they created those two years, will surprise and fascinate you. "Who am I, and how did I get to this point in my life, when I thought I was going to be something completely different? - that pretty much sums up the subject of this album," explains Gwen.
Return of Saturnwas recorded in two Los Angeles studios during 1998 and 1999. Twelve of the album's 13 songs were produced byGlen Ballard, (Alanis Morissette, Aerosmith), whose contribution was a key ingredient in the album's creation while the track, "New" (also heard on the GO soundtrack) was produced by the band withJerry Harrison(Talking Heads, Live). Songs onReturn of Saturnlike "Marry Me," "Simple Kind of Life" and the album's first single "Ex Girlfriend" also show vocalist Gwen Stefani in a reflective and unashamedly romantic mood.
In light of the international success of Tragic Kingdom(more than 15 million copies sold worldwide, including over 11 million in the U.S.), the four band members were bound to be subject to any number of outside influences and pressures when it came time to make their follow-up. Drummer Adrian Young notes "We were just more conscious of the fact that we're following a huge record, and we need good songs, but I don't know what kind of album we wanted, or expected to make. It was very experimental most of the time. In fact, we didn't have any predisposition about it. That's always a good way for us to approach the music. We've always been across the board, stylistically, and I'm glad we didn't lose that part of the band." he says.
The music on each ofNo Doubt'sthree previous albums (1992'sNo Doubt, 1995'sBeacon Street Incident,Tragic Kingdom) runs the stylistic gamut, mixing in as many influences as the band members can think of, and this collection is no different!